Paul Rahme (Gladstone, QLD)

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I work from 9am to 2pm, 4 days a week at Macas at Kin Kora. I make sure the tables and bins are clean and ensure there are always enough straws, salt, pepper, sugar and serviettes for the customers. I also learn new things like cooking the ‘fries’. It is great to welcome and talk to customers and I like it when they tell my managers how hard I work. This is why I got a gold star badge for hard work and friendly service, which I wear on my uniform every day. I even got a birthday gift from a group of ladies who are now my friends and my parents were very surprised because they didn’t even know these friends of mine.

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Rajiv Mahendran (Perth, WA)

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I started work at the Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia (RAC WA) as a Membership Specialist Assistant in 2008. I now work in the Joondalup office four days a week. I work on a range of administrative tasks that include updating membership details and recording change of vehicle registration.

I really like my workmates who have always supported and included me and made me feel a part of the team. I have learned a lot of skills and also brought some of my own. I look forward to going to work every day. I would like to thank the RAC and the other team members for giving me the chance to show them how I can be a valuable team member.

"Rajiv has been a long term, valued member of the RAC’s Membership Specialist department. He completes his work efficiently and understands by doing so this equals great member experience. Rajiv is always open to new tasks as he wants to challenge himself and contribute more to the RAC and our members. Rajiv lives the RAC values to the best of his ability and his trust in his team is exceptional." Jaimee Randall, Team Manager, RAC Joondalup

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Katie Wheldon (Launceston, TAS)

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I cried when I was offered a job today at the Hog’s Breath in Launceston (18, September, 2015).

I had overcome many barriers to get paid work in the open labour market. This was achieved through work experiences and one-on-one training. I learnt about work in real workplaces.

I still need ongoing support to keep learning new skills and face new challenges. And I hope the NDIS will support me to provide the support I need to keep my job.

When I was told that I had got the job I cried as I always thought that I was worthless. I want to thank my job trainer, Bill, an ex-policeman, who taught me how to do my job and shed tears of joy at my success.

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Molly Whitelaw (Perth, WA)

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I have been working as an office assistant with a large Human Resources company, Chandler McLeod, for over a year now. My job involves keeping the meeting rooms, boardroom and kitchens in order. I also do scanning, archiving and filing. I work across two Chandler McLeod offices in the city. In the Northbridge office, I put together Medical Packs and a variety of other duties.

I loved my job from Day 1. My workmates were (and continue to be) very welcoming and are really happy with my work performance. Early this month, I was given a beautiful bunch of flowers to celebrate one year in the job. One year is nothing - I plan to stay at this job until I retire when I'm 90!

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